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Philip Pullman's Grimm Tales

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Twisted tales weave their enchantment


Six stories from the Brothers Grimm are re-told in an immersive experience at The Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf. This ensemble of twisted tales offers energy, excitement and enchantment for those with a spirit of adventure.

In a world-exclusive theatrical production, Philip Pullman's Grimm Tales are transformed into 140 minutes of powerful, unrelenting action. Walking through the labyrinthine corridors of The Bargehouse, the audience follow the performers through a cloud of dust billowing up from the stone floor beneath, conjuring up the distinctive atmosphere of the Grimm universe.

Producer Val Coward says: "This is a real flesh-and-blood rendering; you're literally in the witch's cottage with Hansel and Gretel and you can really sense the magic and delight in the players and audience as each story unfolds."

This fairytale world is inhabited by enchanted animals, beautiful princesses, a mad king, and the inevitable wicked stepmother, among other colourful characters.

In the Frog King, a princess makes a deal with a frog to get back her golden ball. In Hansel and Gretel, two youngsters are drawn to the sweet scent of a gingerbread cottage but then have to outsmart the witch who lives there. Faithful Johannes tells the tale of a loyal servant who sets out to save his master's life.

Thousandfurs is the story of a princess who flees her home to escape her insane father, the king, and keeps a low profile washing dishes at another castle, until her alluring beauty attracts attention. In the Goose Girl, a young count receives a mysterious emerald casket from a woman who lives with her geese.

The Three Little Men in the Woods are discovered by a girl sent to pick strawberries, and they reward her with magical gifts. Will she be able to thwart the plans of her stepmother and stepsister and finally marry her Prince Charming?

The performance aims to appeal to adults and children alike and is suitable for age eight plus. Grimm Tales runs from 21 Nov 2014 to 11 Apr 2015 at The Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, on London's South Bank.

Tickets are priced from 45 for adults, children under 16 20, family ticket 125, students 25. Concessions for groups of 10 or more.
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When: 21 nov 2014 - 11 apr 2015
Where: The Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Southbank SE1
Cost: 20/45
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